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Journaling Superstition #20: Your Text and Your Image Need to “Make Sense” Together

Students tell me all the time, “I can’t write in my journal, I don’t have anything profound to say.” Or they worry, “I don’t want to write on my pages because my handwriting is so bad.” Or they fret that, “What I’m thinking about right now and want to write about doesn’t have anything to […]

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Maintaining Momentum and Fun in Our Daily Practice

If we want to create a daily practice, whether it’s exercise, diet, thought, or art related, we need to make sure that we contain elements of fun in that practice. It’s those elements of fun which keep us coming back to the practice. And ultimately it’s the fun that we bring into our work that […]

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New Online Class—Textures!

If the above video doesn’t run in the post, please view it at this link on YouTube. Yes, I’ve got a new online class starting April 1, 2017.  I’m so excited about my new class “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” that I’ve made a short video to give you a peek. Simply click on […]

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CR Is My Best Life Model

  Dick always goes to see his parents on Saturday. I like to go on different days during the week so that they get lots of visits. Sometimes I go with Dick because I will cut CR’s hair, or I’ll go get Phyllis (she’s on a different floor) and bring her down, so they can […]

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Artist’s Sketchbook—A New Book on Sketching from Cathy Johnson

Left: Cover of the Artist's Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. The publication of a new painting or sketching book from Cathy Johnson is always an happy and exciting event for me. Johnson is one of my art heroes. Like many other artists I was first aware of her work through her how-to-articles […]

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Someone Really Wants to Take Gouache to the Fair

Left: The scan of my second chicken test on the Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board (cold press). This is 9 x 12 inches and done with a Uni Posca Marker, the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen with the squeezy barrel, a Montana Acrylic Marker, and Daniel Smith Watercolors applied with a Niji water brush. Completed under […]

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Eyebrow Update: My All-Time Favorite Sketch of Richard and His Eyebrows (so far)

Above: Dick, sketched from life using a non-photo blue pencil, on an 8 x 8 inch page in the Seawhite journal. The writing at the bottom reads "Caran D'Ache Sketcher, non-photo blue; 6.12.16, 5 min. sketch; Dick standing in kitchen, overhead light and side." There seems to be a piece of lint on the scanner, […]

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Summer Reading at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch with gouache. This is a quick sketch I made using colors set out for another project—forcing myself to use pigments I don't normally use. Shinola Sketchbook test journal; spread 16 x 9.5 inches. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Tonight at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota […]

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Why I Love Gouache

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch in a Japanese Lined Journal. This sketch was made on a spread first covered with Montana Acrylic Marker and washi tape. I then painted with gouache, just the areas of the portrait that I wanted to paint, using the paint opaquely when I wanted to obscure the lines and background color, […]

There’s Still Time To Sign Up for May’s Simple Round Back Spine Bookbinding Class

If you've got an urge to make some visual journals in May or bind custom sketchbooks for yourself, you still have time to sign up for my 2016 Simple Round Back Spine Class.  Class begins on May 1. You can read all about class here. Or you can go right to the registration page by clicking […]

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